(Waupun) Members from local veteran’s services organizations and the general public are encouraged to attend an upcoming event honoring four heroes from World War II. The Four Chaplains Memorial Service will take place this Friday at the Central Wisconsin Christian School in Waupun. Organizer George Baumann says that is one day before the 75th anniversary of the night the USAT Dorchester, with 902 officers on board, was struck by an enemy torpedo. He says the chaplains did everything they could to help people who were hurt, guided them to the lifeboats, handed out lifejackets, and eventually gave their own life preservers knowing full well that they were going to die. Baumann says the four chaplains were spotted by those they saved linking arms, praying, and singing as the ship went down. In the late 1940’s, congress recognized the men’s sacrifice and in 1961 President Dwight D. Eisenhower awarded them medals. Stamps were later commissioned to honor the four chaplains, which will be on display at the program. Baumann, who is a member of the VFW Post 6709 in Waupun, says organizers have gotten the word out to various veteran service groups asking them to attend. He says they have one request for those interested in coming which is to bring their post flag and the American flag. Baumann says they plan to have those carrying the post colors march in to the left when the program begins and those carrying the American flag march to the right set to music played by the high school band. He says members of the public are also welcomed to the Four Chaplains program on Friday beginning at 11am at CWC. The service should take no longer than 35 minutes and will be followed by a light lunch. To learn more you can contact George Baumann by calling 920-960-9156 or by email at [email protected].
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